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Vittrad by Garmarna
Released: Jan 1995
Label: Omnium
Considered by many fans to be the band's greatest work, Vittrad plumbs the darker side of Sweden's folk music heritage. These songs are peopled by slaughtered women, sold-off daughters, and mothers raised from the dead, and the music reflects the often-grotesque subject matter. It's brooding stuff, brought to life by a droning violin and insistent beats and a band who grew up listening to rock 'n' roll -- and who uses its propulsion. Vittrad sits easily alongside the Goth sounds of bands like Dead Can Dance, but Garmarna's gravitas is entirely earned, leavened by vocalist Emma Hardelin.
Sarah Bardeen
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